Grief counselors, ministers and therapy dogs provided counsel and solace in Uvalde, Texas, on Wednesday to community members and employees of the elementary school where a gunman’s rampage killed 19 children and two teachers in one fourth-grade classroom. It was the state’s deadliest school shooting in modern history and the nation’s third mass shooting within weeks, USA Today reports.
Distraught families gathered at a local civic center and turned to social media to mourn and make desperate pleas for help finding missing children as the death toll in a gruesome school shooting at a Texas elementary school rose to at least 19 students. Authorities said the gunman also killed two adults.
By nightfall, names of those killed during Tuesday’s attack at Robb Elementary School in the town of Uvalde began to emerge.
The tragedy was the latest in a seemingly unending wave of mass shootings across the U.S. in recent years. Just 10 days earlier, 10 Black people were shot to death in a racist attack at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket.
The attack was the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012.
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